The Age of Sail: The Transatlantic Packet Ship Era Lecture

November 20, 2014 – November 20, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Robin Lloyd


Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7 pm
Members only Reception at 6:15 pm
: Free (members), $10 (non-members).

To Register: Go to or call (805) 962-8404 x115

Lecture Series Sponsored by Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto

Robin Lloyd will present a visual power point (more than 100 visuals, many of them maritime painting images from 6 different museums) that will take you into the world of the American merchant marine from 1820-1850. The talk will give you the history behind his book, Rough Passage to London, as well as give a detailed portrayal of the ships, the routes, the passengers and the sailors of the ante-bellum era when the United States sailing ships were the link across the Atlantic. The talk focuses heavily on the New York packet ship lines as they were carrying most of the passengers and cargo across to England and France. As such, you will see some wonderful historic paintings of old New York as well as many illustrations of these ships off the coast of England, illustrations of the Thames River and the Docklands of London. The talk will also explain how he uncovered the story of his ancestor, Captain Elisha Ely Morgan and his close connection with Charles Dickens. He will tell you the personal story of this man’s rise through the ranks of the merchant marine.

Robin Lloyd’s early years were spent on the island of St. Croix where his father ran a dairy farm and the island’s only milk plant. As a boy, he grew up blue water sailing with his parents between islands in the Caribbean. While his childhood was spent in an environment of sailing and farming, his higher education and subsequent broadcasting career took him elsewhere. After an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism, he worked in local television news for several years as an on-air reporter in Seattle and then later in Miami. In 1979, he began reporting for NBC News in Latin America and the Caribbean.

During his 14 year tenure with NBC as a correspondent, he covered the guerrilla wars in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, as well as the Falklands War in Argentina; in the Reagan years, he was reassigned to Washington D.C. where he covered the State Department as well as the White House. In 1988, he was named NBC’s African correspondent where he covered the turmoil surrounding the last years of South Africa’s apartheid regime as well as the release of Nelson Mandela from prison. He was sent by the network to provide coverage of the first Gulf War, reporting from Egypt and Kuwait. After NBC closed its African bureau in Johannesburg in 1992, he was brought back to Washington where he was named one of NBC’s National Correspondents.

In 1994, he left NBC to begin a new career, creating and producing news programs with foreign networks, and writing and producing longer news segments and documentaries, primarily for Maryland Public Television. Over the years, he has won numerous awards, including an Overseas Press Award, and four Emmy’s from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay region for documentaries done for Maryland Public Television. The last award he received was for a 2009 documentary on the building of an historic wooden ship in the Chesapeake Bay. He has also written travel articles for many publications, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Times and the Washington Post. He has also written boating articles for Cruising World and the British magazine, Classic Boat.